Buckethead by James Hawkins
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#Exoskeletons help people with #CerebralPalsy - Bulea and his team studied seven children with cerebral palsy over a period of six clinic visits. At each visit, the child would walk with the exoskeleton while researchers studied his or her gait. The results were promising, Bulea says. Six out of the seven children had improvements in knee extension similar to or greater than those seen with surgery, one of the conventional treatments for crouch gait. The nature of the surgery depends on the exact cause of the crouch gait in the particular child, but often involves lengthening contracted muscles and tendons. The children also maintained muscle activity, which means they were still relying on their own strength and not just leaning on the suit.
“That’s a really encouraging sign that over long-term use, this brace might be a viable way to change posture, but also to train and exercise muscles,” Bulea says. The research was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.